Local makes it big at annual competition

A young Burnaby man found success at last week's Sunshine Nation 2011 competition.

Kevin Fang, 22, beat out dozens of hopefuls to be part of the group of eight finalists and was given the Friendship Award in the annual talent search event.

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The event draws hundreds of applicants, with just four young men and four young women making it to the final round. Fang, a UBC student born in Taiwan, lost the number 1 spot to Sam Ly, an SFU student born in Canada.

Fang also won the Sunshine Nation Facebook Fans' Favourite Love to Share award, which was conducted on Sunshine Nation's facebook page - his entries received the most "likes" from online fans.

For five weeks prior to the competition, the finalists were trained in dancing, acting, physical fitness and public speaking, and competed in a variety of components, including their individual talents.

The competition, which is organized by Fairchild Radio and Comic Productions/Meteor Garden Production, is a talent search for young people of Asian heritage between the ages of 16 and 25.

Previous winners have made a big name for themselves, including 2004's Calvin Chen, who is now a member of Fahrenheit, one of the top boy bands in Asia. Sahwn Dou, the 2007 champion, was chosed by Chinese director Zhang Yi-mou to take the lead male role in the 2010 film Under the Hawthorn Tree.

For more, see http://ssn11.am1470.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SunshineNationVancouver.

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